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2020 VAM Conference Planning Session
VAM is excited to announce that the 2020 Annual Conference will travel to Fairfax County in the heart of historic Northern Virginia in March of next year. Home to a wealth of historic and cultural amenities, a gateway to Virginia's wine country, and located only a few miles from our nation's capital, Fairfax County, Virginia is at the center of it all!
Learn more about what it takes to put a conference together and where you can help out.
Whether you're in NOVA or not, there are many ways to get involved with VAM's upcoming conference. The Local Arrangements Committee is the perfect way for locals to help out. We simply couldn't coordinate all the events without your insiders' assistance. The Program Committee's selection of the educational content is another way locals can help but it's also the best way for those outside the host city to take part.
Join Us for the 2020 Conference Planning Meeting 
May 10, 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, VA.
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Whether caring for your collection,  managing grant projects  or developing an oral history program , VAM's spring and summer workshops offer something for every member of your team. 
The next workshop is May 6th at Lynnhaven House-Virginia Beach History Museums. "Be Careful What You Wish For: Managing Grant Funded Projects." Learn about expectations of funders and how to manage a grant throughout the process including planning, implementation, and reporting. (External or Internal Affairs credit)

The workshop on May 31st is a repeat of the earlier spring workshop " Introduction to Collections Care."  This second session will be held at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester , so register now! (Collections Management Credit) 
June  VAM workshops Include:
June 10 
"Fundamentals of Textile Care & Exhibition" - Hosted by Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Charlottesville, VA. (This is a repeat of a workshop from last season; if you attended that workshop, you cannot count it again toward your certificate.  Exhibitions Credit) 
Textiles comprise a large part of many museum collections, although caring for them can be daunting. Learn what archival materials and three dimensional supports to use with textiles and the basics of preparing them for storage and exhibit. 

June 24 
"How to Tell a Complete Story: Using Digital Tools to Start an Oral History Program" - Hosted by the Menokin Foundation, Warsaw, VA. (Education/ Outreach or External Affairs credit) 

Learn how to capture and tell more complete stories and experiences important to your organization and community. At this introductory, hands on workshop, participants will walk away with a basic understanding of how to use free and inexpensive tools for documenting an oral history. 
*Send 2 or more representatives from your organization and save $5 off each registration!  Open invoices must be paid in advance before registering for new events. Learn about all of VAM's workshops
Virginia Association of Museums Members: Free Constant Contact Webinar 
June 17th 2:00pm
Because you're a member of VAM you can save more when you use Constant Contact's email marketing service! In about 30 minutes, you'll understand the basics of creating and delivering email campaigns that get measurable results. Familiarize yourself with Constant Contact as we take you step-by-step through the process of creating and sending an email, uploading your contacts and understanding your reports. 

In this webinar we'll cover:
*   The monetary benefits of using email marketing for your business 
*   Customize an email template with your logo and colors 
*   Content that engages your audience like videos, links and social media 
*   Upload your contact list, including additional contact details 
*   Send an email and view your results, like opens and clicks 

Register now for this free webinar here: 
American Alliance of Museums Conference
May 19-22
New Orleans, LA
Be on the lookout for Jennifer and Christina as they will be in attendance and representing VAM at the conference. If you are attending and see them stop them and let them know you are there! We love to connect with our members wherever we are!
Be Informed: Member News
Congratulations: To Hope Marstin  on her appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Red Hill, the Patrick Henry National Memorial. Hope is the first female CEO for the organization in its 75 year history.
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College Arts Association
CAA  recently announced the launch of a $1 million fund  that will pay grants to art history faculty and students to visit shows specifically relevant to their course material. The fund, which will hand out grants of up to $10,000 for eligible scholars and students, came about thanks to a major gift from an anonymous donor. There is no deadline for applications.

Virginia Humanities
Discretionary Grant Program -  Smaller grants of up to $3,000. Applications are accepted at any time. Applicants should contact  Virginia Humanities staff
 in advance before submitting a Discretionary Grant proposal. There is no deadline for this program.
Expand Your View
New Civil War museum aims to shatter conventional views of the conflict

The new American Civil War Museum opens May 4th in Richmond. Read an article on the site and its new take on interpreting the Civil War.

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